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Sunday, June 6, 2010
Wild Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls
Who does not love fluffy sweet cinnamon rolls?.These classic rolls presented here are lower in sugar and fat calories and intensified in flavor with the wild blueberry filling.
I always keep an eye out for the frozen Wild blueberries in the freeze aisles of stores,for 2 good reasons ,first these are rarely sold fresh and said to be equally good when frozen.Second for its super antioxidant benefits.
How are Wild Blueberries different from cultivated blueberries?
Wild Blueberries (vaccinium angustifolium) are distinct from their cultivated cousins in several significant ways. Unlike cultivated (highbush) blueberries, Wild (lowbush) Blueberries are not planted. They are spread primarily by rhizomes or underground runners, which give rise to new shoots and stems. Wild Blueberry fields and barrens contain many different varieties of berries, which accounts for the variations in size and color that characterize the Wild Blueberry crop. Wild Blueberry growers use many modern crop management techniques to carefully tend their fields and encourage growth.
Other differences include:
* Antioxidant capacity - Wild Blueberries contain more of the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin and demonstrate greater antioxidant capacity per serving than cultivated blueberries.
* Taste - Wild Blueberries have a more intense, sweet and tangy taste than cultivated blueberries
* Size - Wild Blueberries are naturally smaller and more compact (less water content) than cultivated, which means you get more Wild Blueberries per pound.
* Performance - Wild Blueberries hold their shape, texture and color through a variety of baking and manufacturing process. They also freeze very well: IQF Wild Blueberries maintain their quality for more than two years.
A dull ,breezy and rainy day marred the weekend fun,baking these rolls brought the warmth back.Fresh baked rolls brightens our weekend brunch every once in a while,I have tried and loved a variety of fillings.The first 3 pictures is of when I baked them last winter and the bottom of one I baked yesterday.My cherished flavors are any kind of tart sweet berries like cranberries,raspberries or black berries ,that taste just as good as the wild blue berries.
Recipe : Wild Blueberry Rolls
For the Dough:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 packet(1 1/2 teaspoon) Dry yeast
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoon canola oil or extra virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
For Wild Blueberry Filling:
1 1/2 cups wild blueberries fresh or frozen
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 tablespoon Agave nectar or Honey
Prepare the dough
Dissolve the yeast in warm water, stir in the sugar and allow the yeast to get frothy, about 10 minutes.In a large bowl combine the flour and salt .Add the yeast mixture and olive oil and knead until supple and smooth.Apply some more oil on the sides of the bowl cover and allow to rise until double it size about 1-2 hours.
Prepare the filling
In small sauce pan,mix the berries and sugar,and cook until soft and mushy,6-8 minutes on medium heat.Dissolve the cornstarch in tablespoon of water and stir in the blue berry mixture and cook another 3-4 minutes until thickened.Sprinkle the cinnamon and stir to combine.Cool before spreading in the rolls.
Shape the Rolls
Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350F.Grease a 8 inch round pan with cooking spray.
Flatten the dough in to a rectangular shape using a rolling pin,spread the blue berry filling evenly,leave the edges of the dough.Roll the dough tight,place the seam side down and cut in to 8-10 rolls using a sharp knife.
Place them in the prepared baking pan about an inch apart.Cover with kitchen towel and allow for rise for an hour.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and puffy.Drizzle all over with agave or honey as soon you get them out.Let cool for few minutes before serving with a warm cuppa.
The rolls are my entry for Yeast Spotting